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Biological control as a means to fight water loss

Rhodes University’s Communications Division recently sat down with Distinguished Professor Martin Hill from the Centre for Biological Control, to discuss the history of biological control at Rhodes University and how this method of fighting alien plant species is helping drought-stricken areas like ours replenish water loss.

CBC represented at 46th Invasions Symposium

The CBC was well represented at the annual National Symposium on Biological Invasions held from 15th to 17th May, outside Tulbagh in the Western Cape. This 46th symposium was organised by Stellenbosch’s Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB) and SANBI.

Graduation 2019 for the CBC

Graduation 2019 saw nine post-graduate students from the Centre for Biological Control receiving their degrees, of which seven were MSc and two were PhD degrees. The ceremonies occurred on 11th and 12th of April 2019.

Battling boxthorn down under

From the 26th of February till the 15th of March 2019, Evans Mauda, a CBC PhD student embarked on an expedition to Australia. Evans’ journey started a while back with the mighty little ladybird beetle (Cleta eckloni) - a coccinelidae phytophagous insect which is a potential biological control agent of Lycium ferocissimum Miers, also known as African boxthorn.

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